Friday, December 16
Raman Raghav (Crime/Thriller), Netflix India
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala
Set in 2015, in Mumbai, this Anurag Kashyap flick is inspired from the life of Raman Raghav, the notorious serial killer from the 1960’s. The film tracks a serial killer called Stoneman who is on a murderous spree. After a murder, finally the young cop Raghavan (Kaushal) who is in charge of the investigation, traces a link to Ramanna (Siddiqui). Ramanna is oddly fascinated by the cop and stalks him without his knowledge. But the gory trail of multiple murders has a surprise twist for Raghavan. The film was shot within a record span of 20 days.
Repentance (Horror), Star Movies Select HD, 11.40 pm
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie,
Mike Epps Tommy Carter (Mackie) transforms into a new age therapist and spiritual advisor after an accident. At a book signing session, he meets Angel Sanchez (Whitaker), who seeks the former’s help to get over his mother’s untimely death. Carter, who’s looking for some extra money to help his brother pay back a debt, agrees. Even though Carter tries to help, it’s when he’s abducted by Sanchez that he realises that his client is more disturbed than he had bargained for. Carter is kept hostage and his own spiritual philosophies seem to be working against him. This is the first movie from independent production house Codeblack Films after its merger with industry giant Lions Gate Entertainment.
Saturday, December 17
Hero (Drama), Hotstar
Cast: Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, Aditya Pancholi
The son of a leading gangster, Sooraj Kaushik (Pancholi) kidnaps Radha Mathur(Shetty), the daughter of the chief of police, in the guise of a police officer. Even as the duo fall for each other, disaster strikes Sooraj gets shot during a police chase. The couple is rescued by monks, and once Radha discovers Sooraj’s criminal identity, she convinces him to surrender. Once released from prison on account of good behaviour, Sooraj now has to win over Radha’s father. But his past catches up with him soon enough. The film is a remake of the 1983 film of the same title.
Baar Baar Dekho (Action/ Romance), Zee Cinema, 8 pm
Cast: Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra
Nitya Mehra’s directorial debut in Hindi is a love story that unfolds in a series of flashbacks and flashforwards. When Jai (Malhotra) gets drunk after telling his childhood sweetheart Diya (Kaif) that they might not have a life together, little does he expect to wake up on their honeymoon. After the incident, Jai continues to travel through time without having any control over it. Soon he realises that he has an opportunity to travel back in time and fix his mistakes. But does Jai want to do the right thing? The film was initially titled Kal Kissne Dekha.
The Last Witch Hunter (Fantasy/Action), Sony Pix, 1 pm and 9 pm
Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie
Elijah Wood Kaulder is the last of witch hunters to live, cursed into an eternal life by the powerful Queen who killed his entire family. Though he slayed that evil witch 800 years back, Kaulder continues to hunt witches by being part of ‘Axe and Cross’, an organisation that maintains the peace between mankind and the world of witches. But when Kaulder encounters the witch called Belial in the course of his work, little does he know that he will be soon facing his old enemy. Kaulder is in a difficult spot when his immortality is taken away and the Queen is resurrected, who not only seeks revenge on her killer but also wants to wipe out the entire human race. The Last Witch Hunter marks the Hollywood debut of French artiste Julie Engelbrecht.
Sunday, December 18
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Fantasy/Adventure), Star Movies Action, 9 pm
Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Sean Bean
When Zeus’ (Bean) lightning bolt is stolen, he accuses teenage demigod Percy Jackson (Lerman) in New York of being the thief. Unaware of his true identity, Jackson does not understand why he’s attacked by a substitute teacher who is actually Fury, a Greek god of vengeance. Soon, Percy is in a different world, a camp for half-bloods. He is shocked when he is told that the task of convincing Zeus about his innocence rests with him. With the help of watermanipulating skills and a few friends, Percy ventures out to find the real thief. The movie is based on the first book from the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, penned by Rick Riordan.